Jungle Fever (1991)

“If your mother was alive… she would turn over in her grave! ” – Lou Carbone

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (at least twice on cable in the 90’s and 6 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A black architect has an affair with his Italian secretary and everyone around him reacts differently to their mixed race love affair.

My Take on it – This is a film that probably was more effective and groundbreaking when it came out but just doesn’t age well enough.

The leads played by Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra don’t have strong enough chemistry to believe that they are having a real relationship.

Some of their scenes together are actually comical instead of realistic feeling.

This film does a great job showing us the various reactions of the friends and family of these people and brings the idea of racial prejudice to the forefront for numerous races showing how universal the idea may actually be.

The idea to try and let the viewer get a better understand of what lies beneath people’s outward reactions to these kind of situations is an interesting idea, but just doesn’t work well enough because it isn’t able to stay focused enough.

Too much of what this film tries to do falls flat and doesn’t work.

The supporting cast is filled with lots of familiar faces and the biggest standout is Samuel L. Jackson in a small yet significant role before he became such a recognizable actor not long after this film was made.

Bottom Line – Not as effective as it probably was when it originally came out. Snipes and Sciorra have very little chemistry together that its hard to actually believe their relationship. Liked the way that they show us the various reactions by friends and family of the two main characters for the viewer to try and get a better understanding of it all. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work well enough and too much falls very flat. Liked seeing Jackson in a small yet significant role here before he was a recognizable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Samuel L. Jackson had just undergone treatment for drug addiction, and had only two weeks from his discharge from rehab to the start of filming. Jackson has gone on record as saying that Gator’s ravaged look was not make-up, but actually the result of Jackson’s own detoxification. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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